Classroom Ideas

A Future of Making

Last week was the Week of Making, an annual celebration of the Maker Movement and its impact on education.  Most notably, the White House Maker Faire kicked off with hundreds of amazing submissions. Check out their blog. To celebrate and learn from students and educators in the Maker Movement, I decided to bring my entire core…

4 Common Grading Problems, Solved by Gradeable

Assessment can be so annoying!  Whether you’re a new or veteran teacher, you can relate to the frustration.  Gradeable offers solutions that teachers can use to solve the following grading issues have withstood the test of time: #1: “My students keep losing their assessments!” As teachers, we know the feeling of handing a paper back and having the…

ProTip Wednesday: Reflection Questions to Fine-Tune Your Teaching

As part of our “Summer of Reflection,” we want to make sure that you’re asking the best questions that will move your instruction to a higher level. So far, we’ve gathered and organized, now let’s deeply analyze the materials and ask the hard questions to ourselves. Feel free to use questions that best fit your…

A/B Testing Your Classroom for Student Achievement

Teacher Pinterest boards are filled with innovative, new classroom ideas. “Oh, awesome lab for teaching the water cycle.” “Oooh, I like this classroom motivation strategy!” We Pin and bookmark with the intention of elevating lesson plans that will reach a level of engagement and learning all teachers strive for. But are we truly experimenting in…

ProTip Wednesday: 7 Things to Toss When Decluttering Your Classroom

  The largest dilemma I had at the end of the year was not my impending summer plans, but whether I should keep the Valentine’s Day teddy bear or #1 Teacher mug from students. Or how my set of emergency beakers for on-the-fly demos suddenly grew to 20 beakers (and growing…). We now know what…

New Feature: Import Existing Assessment and be Gradeable Ready!

Why should I create quizzes now? Imagine having your ducks in a row by the first day of school—for the entire year. Gradeable aims to give you peace of mind that your quizzes are Gradeable Ready. All you would need to do is print and go and your students will benefit from the question-by-question data…

ProTip Wednesday: 6 Steps to be Productive in Summer Reflection

We now know that feedback is incredibly important to students’ growth, but that same feedback is also extremely beneficial for us—the teachers— to grow as well. Because isn’t teaching also always growing and changing? But it’s hard to start looking back because we were so ready to look forward come June 1st. Here are 6…

ProTip Wednesday: 12 Ways for Teachers to Treat Themselves

We’re going strong for Teacher Appreciation Month and we can’t forget an incredibly important teacher tip: treat yourself! We put together a budget-friendly list for both our female and male teachers so there’s something for everyone. The first step of Teacher Appreciation is to appreciate you, the teacher. 1. Treat Yourself tote What better way…